BGS Meeting — July 23, 2011 — Robert Jemison and the Development of Birmingham

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 23rd at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room: Youth Department (Story Castle), 2nd Floor, Main Library building

Speaker: Cathy Criss Adams

Program Topic: Robert Jemison and the Development of Birmingham

Cathy Criss Adams has a B.A. with Distinction in English and Journalism, minor Political Science, from the University of Mississippi and was awarded the Department of Journalism’s Most Outstanding Graduate in 1972.  She is active in several organizations in various capacities:   Vice President, Redmont Neighborhood Association, Founding board member of the Birmingham Jefferson History Museum, Board member of the Oak Hill Memorial Association, Board member of the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society, Board member of the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Board member of the Birmingham Historical Society, Vice-chairman, Jefferson County Historical Commission, Sustaining member, Junior League of Birmingham, Member, Independent Presbyterian Church, Past President, Redmont Park Garden Club, English Village Garden Club, Redmont Study Club & Who’s Who in America.

Ms. Adams is also the author of two novels and one non-fiction book, Worthy of Remembrance:  A History of Redmont.

NOTE:  Please note the location change from our “regular” meeting room in the Arrington Auditorium to the meeting room located in the Youth Department.

Birmingham Public Library to Host Workshop on Historic House Research

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Birmingham Public Library to Host Workshop on Historic House Research

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a workshop on historic house research on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium. The workshop is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Commission and the Birmingham Historical Society. Attendees will learn how to conduct research on historic dwellings in Birmingham and Jefferson County including the resources available at BPL and requirements for historical designations and markers. Linda Nelson, Jefferson County Historical Commission Executive Secretary, will discuss requirements of the Historical Marker Program and other historical designations, and Jason Kirby, BPL Bookmender and Birmingham Botanical Garden Archivist, will discuss his experiences with the Historical Marker Program application process.

This workshop does not require registration. For more information, please contact the Southern History Department of BPL at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.

Event: Workshop on Historic House Research
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Place: Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

BGS Meeting — June 25, 2011 — Report from the Attendees of the NGS Conference in Charleston, SC

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, June 25th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Program Topic: Report from the Attendees of the NGS Conference in Charleston, SC

Upcoming BPL Program — “Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”

Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a workshop presented by Frazine Taylor on how to use the Internet to find family history resources. Taylor is the retired Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History with over twenty years of experience as a librarian, archivist, lecturer, and writer. She is the author of “Researching Your African American Ancestor: A Resource Guide.” One among Taylor’s many honors is working on Tom Joyner’s and Linda Johnson Rice’s segments in the PBS series, “African American Lives 2.”

This workshop focuses on the Internet as a tool or research technique that could save any researcher time, or prevent wasted efforts when searching the World Wide Web. The workshop will cover:

* Introduction to several search engines with uses for family history
* How to use search operators to fine tune search results
* How to use social media for family history
* Other aspects of online sources for family research

This workshop does not require registration. Contact the Southern History Department of BPL at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal for more information.

Event: **“Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”**
Presenter: Frazine Taylor
Date: **Saturday, June 4, 2011*
Time: **9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
Place: Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required*

BGS Meeting — April 2011 — Meeting Canceled

Due to conflicts with the AGS Seminar on April 16th and Easter the weekend of April 23rd, there will be no BGS meeting in the month of April. Our next meeting will be May 21, 2011.  The May meeting will be our annual “Walking Tour”.  This year’s tour will be to the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington in Columbiana (Shelby County). Stay tuned for more details.

I hope to see everyone at the Alabama Genealogical Society Seminar at Samford University on April 16, 2011. For details on how to register, click here.

BGS Meeting — March 26, 2011 — Diseases in 19th Century Birmingham

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, March 26th at 2 p.m.; Meet & Greet at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker: Dr. Bayard Tynes, President of the Birmingham History Center

Program Topic: Diseases in 19th Century Birmingham

During the 19th Century, Birmingham, Alabama had many frightful illnesses for which the frontier doctors knew neither causes nor cures. There were numerous diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, and even the “childhood diseases,” that were frequently fatal. Please join us as Dr. Bayard Tynes will discuss “Diseases in Birmingham.”

Dr. Tynes is an internist and professor of medicine and infectious diseases at UAB and he is also the President of the Birmingham History Center. His past affiliations include St. Vincent’s Hospital; University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine,; Clinical Professor of Medicine Education: Sewanee; Emory University; Assistant Surgeon, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

NOTE:  Due to the AGS Seminar on April 16th and the 4th Saturday falling on Easter weekend, BGS will NOT meet in the month of April. We hope to see everyone in May for our annual “Walking Tour”.  This year’s venue is the “Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington” in Columbiana (Shelby County).  We will have a private tour of the largest collection of George Washington and Robert E. Lee memorabilia outside of Mt. Vernon.  Please make plans to join us!

Upcoming Genealogy Classes Offered by BPL Southern History Department

Late last year the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library posted a survey asking library patrons what kinds of programs they would like to attend in 2011. The survey was well responded and Southern History has (4) great programs scheduled this year. Class size is limited to 12 and is filled on a first come, first serve basis. For details on the programs and how to register, see the link below:

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy—A Workshop Series at the Birmingham Public Library

March 13, 2011 — BAAGSG Meeting — The Search for Information On Your Family

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: The Search for Information On Your Family

Special Guest: Ms. Annette Lanier

Details: Josephine Martin (205-901-6387) or contact us via e-mail

The program will discuss some sources you many use when searching for information on your family of interest:

1.  Family Stories/Family Documents, etc.

2.  U.S. Census’

3.  State Census’

4.  City/County Census’ and Directories

5. Death Records